Cape Town – The low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet is cutting edge
and science based, and dietitians have
the legal requirement to give this nutritional information to the public,
Professor Tim Noakes said as he concluded his testimony into a conduct hearing
by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) on Tuesday.
is the evidence. Let’s teach it to medical students and our dietitians,”
he urged, following a lengthy testimony on the research and studies into the
scientist argued that he has given enough evidence during the hearing to prove
that it is scientific, saying he found the process cathartic.
The Real Meal Revolution
promotes a low-carbohydrate, high-fat
(LCHF) diet – was called before the council after a complaint was lodged by the
former president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, Claire
complaint was prompted by a tweet Noakes sent to a Pippa Leenstra after she
asked him for advice on feeding babies and on breastfeeding.
tweet read: “@ProfTimNoakes @SalCreed is LCHF eating ok for breastfeeding
mums? Worried about all the dairy + cauliflower = wind for babies?? [sic]”
her to wean her child onto LCHF foods, which he described as “real”
tweet read: “Baby doesn’t eat the dairy and cauliflower. Just very healthy
high-fat breast milk. Key is to ween [sic] baby onto LCHF.”
on social media
argued during the hearing that his advice was anything but unconventional,
quoting research from as far back as the 1800s before the boom in obesity
Tuesday, he questioned why Julsing-Strydom, who laid the charge, was not
present to listen to his testimony.
a registered dietitian practising for 11
years, testified in November.
she had asked Noakes to not give advice on infant nutrition and argued that
caution must be taken when responding to inquiries via social media.
argued that Noakes’ advice to Leenstra was unconventional and not in keeping
with paediatric nutritional guidelines.
have to ask why she has no interest in listening to evidence which proves her
wrong,” he said.
hearing continues until next Wednesday.
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